Posted on: September 6, 2011 9:50 am
Edited on: September 6, 2011 9:50 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
- Check out some new photos of #1 overall recruit Dorial Green-Beckham.
Missouri commit Donavin Newson could be out for the season with a torn MCL.
Former Georgia commit Kent Turene and former FIU commit Corey Tindal are both at an Atlanta area prep school.
Cincinnati is the first major offer for offensive lineman Austin Bland.
Several Baylor and Tulsa commitments shined in week one.
Texas A&M's move to the SEC could expand the recruiting footprint for other conference teams.
Georgia commit Derrick Henry may be having second thoughts and is considering Florida.
Vanderbilt added offensive tackle Blake Fromang out of Florida.
Posted on: February 2, 2011 5:50 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2011 1:44 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Taking stock of the day in the SEC:
Alabama: No surprise that Nick Saban's crew put together yet another huge Signing Day, with the No. 1 spot in the Maxpreps team rankings wrapped up after adding No. 1 offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio to what had already been a massive haul. The Tide pulled in a perfect 3-4 defensive end in Jeoffrey Pagan (pictured) and flipped supremely athletic outside linebacker Brent Calloway back from Auburn (after he'd committed to the Tigers at the U.S. Army All-American game), two major missions accomplished. Top those off with the rest of the Tide's commitments -- including five-star teammates RB Dee Hart and S Hasean Clinton-Dix -- staying securely in the fold, and missing out on Isaiah Crowell (and likely No. 1 overall recruit Jadeveon Clowney ) barely even stings.
Video: Jeoffrey Pagan highlights
Georgia: Linebacker Kent Turene was an awfully nice pickup. But landing Crowell was a seismic development, the one member of the much-ballyhooed "Dream Team" the tailback-starved Bulldogs absolutely had to have. He alone was enough to push Mark Richt into the winner's column, but add in Turene and the successful fending off of challenges for commits like defensive back Corey Moore, and even missing out on Pagan won't be enough to wipe the smile off of the faces of Bulldog fans.
Video: Todd Grantham talks Signing Day
Auburn: Losing Calloway to the hated Tide stung, and the euphoria of watching Kouandjio announce for the Tigers dissipated quickly as he elected not to sign his LOI on Signing Day, eventually joining Calloway and his older brother in Tuscaloosa. But Chizik got a ton of help for his occasionally-porous defense anyway, inking one of the nation's best safeties in Erique Florence and a rock-solid defensive tackle prospect in Crowell teammate Gabe Wright. The Tigers also wasted no time replacing cornerback decommitment Marcus Roberson with coveted Mississippi athlete Jermaine Whitehead, a Mississippi State commitment. Even without Kouandjio, the Tigers landed a top-10 class that proved their program-changing 2010 haul was no fluke. Still, Tiger fans have to wonder: if they weren't coming to Auburn, couldn't Calloway and Koundjio have gone somewhere other than Alabama?
Video: Gene Chizik talks Signing Day at CBS College Sports , Kiehl Frazier commits , Coaches react to Erique Florence decision
Ole Miss: Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen enjoys pointing out the raw numbers of his team's players and recruits come from the state they share with the Rebels, but it was Houston Nutt who ran away with nearly all of the state's top-ranked talent. Having already secured the signatures of former Bulldog commitment five-star linebacker C.J. Johnson and highly-regarded receiver Tobias Singleton, the Rebels added to their in-state haul by keeping top-100 wideout Nickolas Brassell out of the clutches of the Tide. The battle between Nutt and Mullen on the recruiting trail was more-or-less a draw in 2010, but there's little question who had the upper hand this season.
LSU: The day was unusually quiet by the usually madcap Bayou Bengals' Signing Day standards, but that happens when you have your state on virtual lockdown and that state provides enough talent for one of the nation's best classes all on its own. Simply making sure their commitments (most notably offensive tackle La'El Collins and defensive counterpart Anthony Johnson) made it across the dotted line would have guaranteed Les Miles a successful Signing Day. But keeping Shreveport's Jermauria Rasco (pictured) -- one of the nation's most highly sought-after defensive ends -- at home (and away from Texas) more than made up for missing out on Florida defensive tackle Tim Jernigan.
Vanderbilt: The Commodores won't finish anywhere near the top of the league's recruiting rankings, of course. But given the limited time James Franklin had to work with, the results were quite impressive. Franklin flipped Virginia Tech quarterback commitment Lafonte Thourogood first thing Signing Day morning and brought in several other candidates for immediate playing time, like Ohio tight end Dorien Bryant.
Florida: The Gators, as always, can still boast one of the nation's best classes, and no one anywhere signed a better QB-RB combo than Jeff Driskel and the underrated Mike Blakely. Roberson's arrival was a nice Signing Day surprise, and Will Muschamp and Co. turned away a serious Ohio State challenge for receiver JaJuan Story. But particularly looking at the way their rivals at Georgia and Florida State finished, Gator fans won't be happy about being unable to make up any ground with prospects like Jernigan, Curtis Grant, or Stephone Anthony. Roberson wound up the only new addition on Signing Day, and even he somewhat fell into the Gators' laps after his wild commitments and decommitments to Texas Tech and Auburn. Muschamp will be cut plenty of slack this season after his late arrival in Gainesville, but another class that so completely cedes the limelight to the Dawgs and 'Noles won't be as easily forgiven.
Mississippi State: How thin was the Bulldogs' final class after seeing the likes of Johnson, Singleton and -- most painfully -- Whitehead decommit? Not one of their 23 commitments ranked among the top 25 at their position, according to Tom Lemming. The Bulldogs struggled going head-to-head with Ole Miss within Mississippi, and came up empty when going abroad for players like Washington D.C.-based Kevin McReynolds, who signed with UCLA. Players like receiver Joe Morrow and defensive tackle P.J. Jones are unquestionably SEC-grade talents, but after such a productive, promising year on the field, the lack of recruiting punch is puzzling.
Arkansas: There's nothing particularly disappointing about the Razorbacks' 2011 class (though watching tight end commitment Chris Barnett sign with Michigan wasn't fun), and keeping home-grown talent like quarterback Brandon Allen and tackle Brey Cook in Arkansas was a bright spot. But when you share a division with Alabama, LSU, and Auburn, "nothing particularly disappointing" may not be good enough to stay in the mix for a division title.
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Posted on: February 2, 2011 12:31 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
If the Georgia Bulldogs underwhelmed on the field in 2010 -- and they most certainly did, finishing 6-7 with a bowl loss to UCF -- you'd never know it by the Bulldogs' recruiting class, which is currently in MaxPreps' Top 10 and just got better with the addition of linebacker Kent Turene.
In a rare miss for Lane Kiffin and USC -- who have been absolutely solid today -- Turene decommitted from the Trojans in January and opened up his recruiting to several programs, including Georgia. USC stayed in the hunt, though, and Turene narrowed his choices to USC and Georgia before making his decision today.
While both schools' classes would still be Top-10 caliber without Turene's services, this is still a big recruiting win for the Bulldogs as they strengthen their defensive front seven. Turene can play inside or out for Georgia, and he might even benefit from a move to defensive end to make the most of his explosive athleticism.
Posted on: February 1, 2011 3:36 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2011 6:24 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Let the hat show begin! Below is a list of some of the top uncommitted prospects in the country and what time they are scheduled to sign. This list will be constantly updated with the latest information as it becomes available.
Don't forget to also check the MaxPreps' Team Recruiting Rankings page to see how the teams stack up as the players put pen to paper on Signing Day. You can also sort the committed recruits by conference and check out Tom Lemming's Top 100 Recruits for the class of 2011. More Recruiting Coverage
Tags: ACC Signing Day, Antonio Richardson, Aundrey Walker, Big 10 Signing Day, Big 12 Signing Day, Big East Signing Day, Brent Calloway, Curtis Grant, Cyrus Kouandjio, Darius Jennings, De'Anthony Thomas, Delvon Simmons, Elkino Watson, Erique Florence, Gabe Wright, Isaiah Crowell, Ja'Juan Story, Jake Fisher, Jalen Grimble, Javorius Allen, Jeoffrey Pagan, Jermauria Rasco, Kent Turene, Lamar Dawson, Marqise Lee, Nickolas Brassell, Pac 12 Signing Day, SEC Signing Day, Spencer Region, Stephone Anthony, Timmy Jernigan, Tony Steward, Troy Niklas
Posted on: January 31, 2011 9:28 am
Edited on: January 31, 2011 4:55 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
We have officially entered a ‘dead period’ according to the NCAA recruiting calendar but the recruiting news is anything but.
- Big rumor out of Los Angeles that USC -commit De’Anthony Thomas has flipped to Oregon this weekend. Of course this would be a huge flip but it is – as these things are – just a rumor at this point. Here’s a look at all of the recruits for Oregon at the moment.
- Wide receiver Kyle Washington has committed to Colorado in the latest addition to Jon Embree’s first class.
- Miami picked up the commitment of B.J. Dubose , over Florida State , LSU and Louisville .
- Pitt’s strong closing weekend continued by picking up the commitments of Orlando (FL) safety Roderick Ryles and linebacker LaQuentin Smith .
- Arizona dipped into Southern California to grab offensive lineman Faitele Faafoi .
- Some details on linebacker Kent Turene , who will choose from USC, Georgia , Nebraska and Texas Tech .
- The twists and turns of tight end Chris Barnett’s recruitment continue, as the Arkansas commit visited Michigan and detailed the trip here .
- A detailed list of all the commitments to ACC Coastal Division schools.
- UCF picked up a big, speedy receiver in Rannell Hall Sunday night. Will be very interesting to see all the weapons that head coach George O’Leary gets to surround Knights quarterback Jeff Godfrey .
- Arkansas picked up defensive end Trey Flowers after the Hunstville (AL) product took the risk of losing his scholarship to Georgia Tech with a trip to see the Hogs, who he did not have a scholarship from prior to the trip.
Posted on: January 30, 2011 5:57 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Recruiting updates are coming fast and furious as the final weekend before Signing Day winds down. Monday is the beginning of a “dead” period where coaches can only talk to recruits if they call them so things are jumping the past few hours.
The biggest news might be Lauderdale Lakes (FL) linebacker Kent Turene decommitting from USC. Turene had waivered on the Trojans since taking visits and most thought it was 50-50 for him to actually sign with USC. Georgia might be the leader after he recently took an official visit there.
Arizona State also lost a commit this weekend with Oaks Christian (CA) defensive end Dillon van der Wal flipping to Vanderbilt. Van der Wal is a very solid player and a good pickup for the Commodores. His decommitment is the second big blow of the weekend for the Sun Devils after in-state guard Cyrus Hobbi selected USC. News isn’t all bad for Dennis Erickson’s team, they did pick up defensive tackle David Moala from Gardena (CA).
Orlando (FL) linebacker LaQuentin Smith has narrowed his choices down to Pittsburgh and West Virginia. This would be a big pickup for Pitt head coach Todd Graham, who has reeled in six commitments in the past 48 hours after seeing most of the recruiting class dissolve in the wake of the coaching change.
Posted on: January 15, 2011 6:41 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2011 1:28 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
The high in Los Angeles was a toasty 80 degrees Saturday afternoon. With weather like that, it’s easy to see why millions live there and millions more come to visit every year. It’s also easy to see why USC and UCLA are hosting their biggest recruiting weekend of the year. Both schools are bringing in a star-studded list of recruits from all over the country, both committed and uncommitted.
USC commitments such as wide receiver George Farmer, running back De’Anthony Thomas, defensive tackle Antwaun Woods, defensive ends Greg Townsend Jr. and Steve Dillon, guard Marcus Martin and linebacker Kent Turene are in for their official visits. Although this is not Turene’s (from Sunrise, FL) first visit to campus, it should go a long way in keeping his commitment firm after taking visits to Nebraska and Tennessee.
Head coach Lane Kiffin and recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron are looking to grab some of the uncommitted prospects in for a visit such as tight end Junior Pomee, athlete Marqise Lee, tackles Cyrus Hobbi and Aundrey Walker, linebacker Lamar Dawson, running back Buck Allen and safeties Marcus Roberson and Enrique Florence. Of that group, Pomee, Lee and Hobbi are the best bets to eventually sign with USC but none are sure things. Keep an eye out for Utah cornerback commit Ryan Henderson to possibility put on the Trojans hat as well. Not hurting the Trojans’ cause, the recruits will be staying at the posh J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live a few miles from campus.
UCLA will have to overcome coaching uncertainty with their high profile list of visitors. Offensive coordinator Norm Chow is working out the details with the school for his departure to Utah and his replacement, former San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Johnson, hasn’t officially come on board so he can’t recruit this weekend. Head coach Rick Neuheisel still hasn’t hired a defensive coordinator either.
The remaining coaching staff will look to shore up the commitments of linemen Jake Brendel, Torian White and Ben Wysocki and linebacker Ryan Hofmeister. One of the top defensive ends in the nation, Jermauria Rasco is also coming into visit but it is highly unlikely that he picks the Bruins. Several other recruits who are committed elsewhere or uncommitted are defensive tackle Danny Shelton, tight end Conor McDermott, cornerback Stefan McClure, receiver Devin Lucien, defensive end Puka Lopa and tackle Fou Fonoti. Look for the Bruins to land one or two off this list despite the coaching turnover.
For all of the athletes on their official visit, especially the ones from out of state, this isn’t a bad weekend to visit either school at all.